With the year we’ve all had, and our experience at Thrive of many people seeking gardening out as a way to improve their health and wellbeing, we thought about how the act of giving a plant can really benefit the person giving something away, as well as their friend/loved one/neighbour who is lucky enough to receive the gift.
We all know that giving is good for us – making us feel joy, evoking gratitude and it is important for our social connections. There’s also a biological response, with the body releasing our ‘happy’ hormones when we give a gift, boosting our own mood and wellbeing.
In addition to the joy and gratitude of the person who has been given something - the gift of a plant is not just a quick hit of excitement and thanks for the person receiving it. It’s a new member of the household to nurture and brighten up the surroundings.
Like 94% of our Gardening Club readers, you and your friend may discover that gardening will help improve mental health.
With all of this in mind, we recommend you #GiveAPlant this Giving Tuesday or December for a shared sense of wellbeing during these difficult times.
Here are 5 ideas for how to get a plant to give as a gift this Giving Tuesday:
Our partner PlantEra are supporting our #GiveAPlant campaign by donating £2 from each sale of their Christmas gift pack until Christmas. The indoor plant kit includes any young indoor plant, a lovely ornamental pot, and compost for potting, so you can watch it grow and thrive. Costing £20 with carbon neutral delivery across the U.K, there is also the option to include a personalised gift note.
However your source your plant – share the feel good feeling and a photo of your plant gift with us by using #GiveAPlant!
Whether it be time, donations or a plant to a friend or loved one, why not give something today and help yourself too.